Yushan Yan joined the University of Delaware (UD) as the Distinguished Engineering Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering in 2011. He became the Founding Associate Dean for Research and Entrepreneurship in 2014. Before joining UD, he held the positions of Department Chair at the University of California Riverside (UCR) and Senior Staff Engineer at Allied Signal Inc. His recognitions include the Nanoscale Science and Engineering Forum Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Donald Breck Award from the International Zeolite Association, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, University of California Presidential Chair and the inaugural UCR University Scholar. He has been an inventor on 20+ issued or pending patents, some of which were licensed to form startup companies(e.g., NanoH2O). His research has led to 200+ widely cited publications and extensive news coverage by the media including New Scientist, Business Week, C&EN News, Materials Today, MRS360, Chemical Engineering Progress, China Press and Chinese Daily News, CNBC, CNN.com, KABC, Radio Australia, and VOA. Yan earned a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Physics at the University of Science and Technology of China, Heterogeneous Catalysis at the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and earned a master’s degree and doctoral degree in Chemical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology.